A telephone call between the Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa and Co-Chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Bill Gates, took place on Saturday.
During a phone conversation with COAS Bajwa, Bill Gates expressed his admiration for Pakistan’s accomplishment against COVID-19 despite the country’s limited resources. He also expressed gratitude to the Pakistan Army for its assistance in the national polio campaign and for ensuring that it reached and covered all areas.
During the conversation, topics such as Pakistan’s commitment to comprehensive polio eradication and the COVID-19 virus were discussed.
The success, according to the army chief, was due to a truly national response, which was carried out through the NCOC mechanism, which allowed for resource optimization.
“It was a national cause, and I want to express my gratitude to everyone who was involved in the process,” the COAS stated.
It is important to note that on Friday, a second polio case was reported in Pakistan, this time involving a two-year-old girl who was discovered to be infected with the virus in North Waziristan.
The finding of a second polio case in 2022, according to a spokesperson for the health ministry, has been confirmed. A growing number of poliovirus infections have been discovered in the country, which has raised concerns among the government.
Abdul Qadir Patel, Minister of Health, has stated that each child’s health and life are extremely valuable. His remarks were followed by a statement stating that the federal government is taking effective actions to eradicate polio on an emergency basis.